Useful Links: SVG, BAM, InterACT

Doug Shepers from the W3C put together a slideshow in SVG, HTML, CSS and JavaScript that is worth your time. It’s an SVG demo. Play with it. View it in the latest Firefox.

BAM or Blog Accessibility Mastermind is a six lesson course offered by Glenda Watson Hyatt of Do It Myself Blog. I haven’t looked inside the course, but I suspect it’s a good one.

Based on the interest and number of questions Derek Featherstone got during his accessibility presentation at the recent InterACT Summit, I’d say interest from educators about accessibility is very high right now. There’s a free online course from the Web Standards Project (WaSP) InterACT curriculum about accessibility. The course is a perfect resource for teachers. It’s a stand alone course. If you are teaching with InterACT with Web Standards and its chapters on accessibility, the online material a great time saver. Online materials such as exam questions, grading matrices, assignments, objectives, and resources go hand in hand with the material in the book.

Useful links: SVG, location aware, video

Two articles on using SVG for backgrounds by Shelley Powers are at A List Apart this week. Using SVG For Flexible, Scalable, and Fun Backgrounds, Part I and Using SVG for Flexible, Scalable, and Fun Backgrounds, Part II. You learn when to use it, where it works, how it works, tools to build it, and code examples.

Through the location lens, do you exist? at Return on Intention asks, “What would your customer’s phone say you are all about?”

video for everybody at Camen Design gives code examples for the HTML5 <video> element, which offers native playback in Firefox 3.5, Safari 3 & 4, and Google Chrome.

Resources for Learning SVG

Shelley Powers from Burningbird sent out a tweet this morning that IE 8.1 is going to include support for SVG. If you haven’t started paying attention to SVG yet, now is the time.

A good place to start learning about SVG is Burningbird. Shelley has been working with it on her personal sites for quite some time and has explained in numerous posts how to make it all work. The site itself is the best example, so look under the hood and kick the tires. Here are a few of Burningbird’s posts:

You should look at Shelley Powers excellent book, Painting the Web. Chapter 7, which clocks in at just over 50 pages, is called SVG Bootcamp.

Other learning resources on the web include,

Open source vector graphics software is available from Inkscape. There’s a Java based SVG toolkit available from Batik.

Other books, neither of which I’ve read (I have read Painting the Web and recommend it.)

Summary of eHow articles for February

Denver at dawn

I had an absolutely fabulous time at Web Directions North in Denver this month and got to meet and talk with some really interesting people. In this photo,  you see Denver just waking up with the sun just touching the tops of the buildings.

Then I returned to reality and wrote some stuff ‘n things for eHow.